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New Lodge Six anniversary

In the aftermath of the killings, the British Army opened fire from the rooftops of the Artillery Flats, killing four others, including IRA Volunteer Tony Campbell, who was also unarmed when he was shot dead.

HUNDREDS of people from across north Belfast braved a cold February night on Sunday 3 February to mark the 40th anniversary of the New Lodge Massacre, when six local men were gunned down jointly by the British Army and a loyalist death squad.

The shootings began when UDA killers opened fire on unarmed IRA Volunteers Jim Sloan and Jim McCann, killing them both.

In the aftermath of the killings, the British Army opened fire from the rooftops of the Artillery Flats, killing four others, including IRA Volunteer Tony Campbell, who was also unarmed when he was shot dead.

The three other local men to die were Ambrose Hardy, Brendan Maguire and John Loughran.

Sinn Féin's Caral Ní Chuilín spoke at the New Lodge Masscre mural at Donore Court and reiterated the families’ call for justice.

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